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Mount Etna 3-day guided splitboarding adventure

Mount Etna 3-day guided splitboarding adventure

Explore the famous Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in Europe, in a memorable 3-day splitboarding trip led by one of the IFMGA-certified guides in the Peakshunter team.

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3 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar




Mount Etna is a stratovolcano (built up by many layers of lava and other volcanic materials) in Sicily’s east coast, between the cities of Catania and Messina, in Italy. Standing at 3,350 meters, it is the highest active volcano in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Etna extends over a surface area of 1,190 km2. Thanks to its unique conical shape, it offers numerous wild off-piste routes on all sides, with abundant snow – often covered by a thin layer of ash –, perfect for backcountry enthusiasts!

Our tour’s meeting point will be the airport of the city of Catania, from where we will drive to the town of Nicolosi, on Mount Etna’s south side. The ascent to the 4-craters summit will begin on the following day, starting from Rifugio Sapienza at 1,910 meters. We can take the cable car uphill to the mountain station at 2,500 meters or directly splitboard up the lava slopes using skins and crampons, reaching the top in about 3 hours. While this is not a technical ascent, it still features a few challenging sections, which may require using crampons or knives. The average daily cumulative elevation gain is approximately 800-1,000 meters.

During our journey, we will ride across Etna visiting numerous volcanic cones and craters formed after the eruptions. Along the way, we will enjoy breathtaking views to the treeless vast white slopes, contrasting with the black lava rocks and the farther deep blue Ionian, Tyrrhenian, and Mediterranean seas. From above, we will also see the beautiful coast city of Taormina and the tip of the Italian Peninsula, the city of Calabria. We will spend the nights in two different B&Bs or mountain refuges.

The best time to go on this trip is from January to March, given the weather and snow conditions.

Ride Mount Etna’s slopes and discover its magical landscape in this fascinating 3-day splitboarding trip. Send me your booking request now!

I also offer a ski touring version of this program. If you are looking for other splitboarding experiences in Italy, check out the 6-day Monte Rosa trip, the 6-day Grand Paradiso National Park program, and the Valpelline 5-day splitboarding tour in the Aosta Valley.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Please note that the price doesn’t include splitboarding equipment rental for 3 days (150 € approx.), B&B/refuge fees for 2 nights (80-120€), car rental (100-200€), nor guide’s accommodation and transfer fees (350-500€).


Day 1: Catania - Nicolosi - La Montagnola

Meeting at Catania airport and travel on a mini van to the town of Nicolosi, on Mount Etna’s south side, to check in at our accommodation (a B&B or a mountain hut). Depending on arrival time and weather conditions, we will go on a short hike to La Montagnola (2,700m), leaving from Rifugio Sapienza (1,910m), and visit the famous Silvestri Craters. After a rest at Rifugio Monte Scavo, we will return to the B&B/refuge.

Ascent/descent time: 2 hours (using the lifts)

Cumulative elevation gain: +250m uphill (from Rifugio Sapienza to La Montagnola)

Day 2: Piano del Lago - Torre del Filosofo - Southeast Crater

Starting from Rifugio Sapienza, we will take the cable car up to the mountain station at 2,504 meters. We will hike across the Piano del Lago area, on the right, where we will find the new craters formed in 2001 and 2002. Passing by the Torre del Filosofo, we will reach the edge of the Southeast Crater (3,250m), and we will then climb to the saddle between the Central and Northeast Craters (3,350m). We will return to our accommodation via the same route.

Ascent/descent time: 5 hours

Cumulative elevation gain: +850m

Alternative plan: great crossing of Etna from South to North (slightly more challenging route)

After the Central and Northeast craters, we will descend along the Crest of the Valle del Leone/Bove, admiring beautiful views to Taormina and the Strait of Messina. We will descend towards the Volcanological Observatory, and then cross westwards towards the lifts, reaching the Monte Conca trail and the Piano Provenzana ski area (1,830m). Overnight in a B&B or hut.

Ascent/descent time: 7 hours

Cumulative elevation gain: 1,400m

Day 3: Pizzi Deneri - Piano delle Concazze - Canalone delle Quarantore

We will head to the town of Linguaglossa, on the north side of the volcano, and ride along the southeast shoulder of the Pizzi Deneri (2,847m), which offers great views to the Valle del Leone/Bove and the summit craters. From Monte Conca – Piano Provenzana, we take the lift to the craters opened in 2002, towards the Northeast Crater. Soon after, we head left towards the Piano delle Concazze towards the Volcanological Observatory, from where we will be able to enjoy views to eastern Sicily, the Ionian Sea, and Calabria. We will then descend via the Canalone delle Quarantore back to Piano Provenzana. Transfer to Catania airport.

Ascent/descent time: 6 hours

Cumulative elevation gain: +1,000m

Alternative plan: visit to the Grotta del Gelo

From Monte Conca – Piano Provenzana, we will climb to Monte Pizzillo (1,400m), where we will visit the mini craters formed in 1947. Riding across several lava flows, we will arrive at the Grotta del Gelo, a lava cave located at 2,100 meters on the northern slope of Etna, famous for having the southernmost glacier in Europe.

Ascent/descent time: 6 hours

Cumulative elevation gain: 1,200m




B&B or mountain refuge

More info

You need to bring:

Equipment: • Avalanche Transceiver, shovel, and probe • Splitboard, boots, bindings, and skins • Ice axe, ski knives, and crampons with anti-balling • 30/40-litre backpack • Headlamp (and spare batteries) • Camera • Duct tape • Sunscreen and lip balm with sun protection • First aid kit • Personal hygiene kit • Energy bars or dried fruit • 1-litre water bottle or thermo

Clothing: • Waterproof pants, and underpants or tights • Fiber turtleneck and breathable t-shirts • Waterproof jacket and wind stopper • Ski pants • Ski mask • Wool cap/beanie or fleece-lined hat • Buff • 2 pairs of ski socks • Ski gloves and light gloves • Sunglasses for glacier-high mountain • Duvet (optional)

Meeting point

Catania airport, Sicily, Italy

About the guide

Giving and receiving smiles, seeing the satisfaction on the faces of our customers, seeking opportunities for growth, stimulating authenticity in personal and group relationships, in sharing mountaineering disciplines, fears, efforts, and moments of difficulty, which are part of the integrated with experiences, essential ingredients of every summit climb: these are our focus, our beliefs, and our most important results, as outdoor Professionals and as people who love the mountains and their work as Alpine Guides!

Founded in 2013 by Elis and Silvia, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides is a team of IFMGA-certified Mountain Professionals and outdoor activities experts, based in the town of Aosta, not far from Courmayeur-Chamonix, on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif.

We live and work in the beautiful Aosta Valley region, very close to French and Swiss borders near to Geneva, Milan, and Turin international airports.

Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Dufourspitze, Pyramide Vincent and Regina Margherita Hut, Gran Paradiso, Breithorn, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux are only a few of several 4000 Alps summits you can climb with us: most of our team of Guides were born and grew up close to these mountains and they have explored the ascent routes several times during different seasons, with skis or crampons!

- We love our work: we plan all our trips with great commitment and deep respect for the Alpine environment, for its inhabitants, and its territories. Including local traditions in different valleys and Alpine areas.

- We love Mountain, Nature, and Outdoor activities, that we like to share with people from all around the world. We are enthusiastic to meet like-minded adventurers and share new experiences and memorable emotions with the support of our Mountain Guides.

- Safety and Risk Management are essential for us, as elements of fundamental importance during every single trip we plan and carry out with our customers: for this reason, we offer introductory courses to the different alpine disciplines (Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Ski mountaineering, Freeride, Rescue Crevasse, and Avalanche) to convey awareness and responsibility to our customers.

- We offer solid Experience, with several years organizing outdoor disciplines around mountain and wild areas, in many different countries of Italy and Europe, for individuals or groups, including 7-day customer support for booking, logistics, and personal assistance for planning and reservations.

- As certified Mountain Guides, we offer training courses, to improve technical skills and to learn basic knowledge about mountaineering in the Alps, which is essential to explore and climb the Mountains safely in any situation or conditions.

- We are happy to provide customized programs for every customer's demand: our Experience is synonymous with Professionalism and Customer Care to guarantee unforgettable emotions and beautiful smiles!

Fulfill your dreams, discover breathtaking views or simply enjoy an extraordinary day: you just need to use your imagination and we will carry out your trip as you desire to live it!

Let’s plan your next mountain project together!


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What people are saying about -PeaksHunter Mountain Guides

Tyler Evans


April, 2023

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Philippe Dacier


March, 2023

parfait adaptation de Peakshunter à la météo. programme initial (chamonix-Zermatt non réalisé (et donc non coté)

Daniel Mueller


March, 2023

My friends and I truly enjoyed the la Vallée Blanche ski descente. We were guided by a competent and friendly guide, Marco Bernardini. There was a bit of confusion ahead of the trip as we had to fill a very extensive consent form. We would also have appreciated to get more information about the stair climb at the end of the descente prior to the trip. Luckily we carried our sport shoes so we did not have to walk up in our ski boots. We were also not made aware beforehand that we had to walk quite a long distance from the train to the bus station in Chamonix.

Laurent Vandepaer


March, 2023

We had 3 fantastic days with Elis in the mountains. The snow condition was not great so we focused on touring, exploring beautiful areas in very diverse settings. Elis was very nice and creative, we are looking forward to our next trip with him! E-S team was as always of great support finding us the perfect guide for the group and supporting in a great way the organization of the trip.

Mohammed Khudhari


March, 2023

The course and and the climbing exceeded my expectations. The guide (Paolo) made the experience informative, fun and absolutely safe. 10/10 I would do it again!

Neil Vallely


February, 2023

I was a bit unsure on using explore share because I was unfamiliar with the company and they act as a buffer between you and the guide provider. The experience with explore share was very good, they did exactly what was set out and I was put in touch with the guide provider after I paid the deposit. It would be nice if explore share provided some additional narrative or evidence that the guide you are booking with was legitimate and not a scam. I checked this out myself before booking however that was where the uncertainty came from. Overall great service and great experience. Would use again.

Michiel Moyaert


February, 2023

We had a great experience with Peakshunter. However, we agreed on a all inclusive tour through explore-share, but appearantly E-S made an offer without consulting the guides first. A couple of days before departure we were confronted with extra costs. We had no other option than to pay these extras, and Explore Share did not intervene. Next time we´ll organise everything with the guides directly, without the middle man...

Cameron Malo


February, 2023

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Javier Castro


February, 2023

Amazing experience and incredible guide. Went with a friend of mine and had a great time. The views are amazing and it is awesome to ski one of the most famous descents in the world. I would recommend this experience to anyone.

Kristin Backer-Grøndahl


February, 2023

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Duncan Philpott


January, 2023

Gabrielle was a patient and very knowledgeable guide. He made the day very enjoyable

Bassel Zebian


January, 2023

A truly excellent service and experience

Michael Ellis


January, 2023

Paolo was a fantastic guide! Even with conditions not favorable for the climbs I wished to do he came up with alternatives that were great. I highly recommend these guides

Aleksander Siwek


December, 2022

Very informative and hands on course. Plenty of opportunity to practice, take pictures of the rescue set up and learn the knots etc. Paolo was a very good guide and instructor

Erik Roslund


October, 2022

Everyone at explore share and peakshunter were great about putting a trip together for me. It was the end of the climbing season in the alps and I only had a few days but they all pitched in and figured out something I could do . They have great communication and the guide was awesome


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